A stay at the Grand Daddy Hotel puts you right in the heart of the Mother City. It's the perfect starting point for exploring Cape Town's many nearby attractions, either on foot or within a short drive.
The front desk is always happy to offer recommendations and insider's tips on where to go for a great Cape Town experience, as well as to arrange transfers or day trips to the winelands, Cape Point and more.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
The V&A Waterfront gets more visitors annually than the Great Pyramids of Giza! Spend some time at Africa's most popular attraction in whatever way you'd like: shopping, watching movies, dining out in style, enjoying sundowners while overlooking the marina, visiting the aquarium or exploring the Watershed Craft Market.
We offer a free daily shuttle to the V&A Waterfront from the Grand Daddy Hotel. Ask at reception about how to hitch a ride!
You can also take a ferry from the V&A Waterfront to Cape Town's once-infamous prison island, Robben Island. This was where anti-apartheid freedom fighter and South Africa's first democratically elected president Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years. A trip to the Robben Island Museum offers the chance to visit his cell and go on a guided tour around the island, a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hop on to a big red bus nearby the Grand Daddy and take a trip up to the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway. If you're feeling fit and adventurous, you could hike to the summit (it can be treacherous, so do take safety precautions), but to really see it in style, take the cable car! Tabe Mountain has been declared one of the New7Wonders of Nature and a visit to Cape Town would not be complete with a trip to the top.
From the hotel, take a short walk to the Company's Garden at the top of Adderley Street. Originally created in the 1650s to provide fresh produce for passing trade ships, you will find Delville Wood Memorial Garden, statues, a fish pond, rose garden, a herb and succulent garden and many interesting large trees … oh, and the country’s oldest pear tree, planted in 1652!
Also located in the gardens are the Iziko South African Museum and the National Gallery. The museum is a thrilling place to learn about natural history and houses over a million specimens that are significant to science and natural development – from ancient stone tools and artefacts to dinosaur dioramas; from fossils almost 700-million years old to fish and insects of today. The museum is also home to an astounding planetarium, where you can learn about the stars and planets in the night sky.
The National Gallery houses some amazing South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art. To add interest, it features a changing programme of temporary exhibitions that put photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles, architecture and paintings in the spotlight.
Also in walking distance is the Cape Gallery at 60 Church Street, specialising in paintings of the countryside, plants and animals by early Cape artists. Worldart at 54 Church Street offers a range of modern urban and pop styles. The Ava Gallery, Erdmann Contemporary Gallery and G2 Art are also nearby.
On the first Thursday of every month, you can explore the art galleries and shops of Cape Town's central city until late – First Thursdays has become a popular evening event in recent times, and the Grand Daddy’s location makes it an ideal way to discover local talent.
Nature and nearby parks
De Waal Park in Upper Orange Street, Gardens, is the perfect spot to chill away from the summer heat of the City Bowl. Take time out to join local children, dog lovers and retirees under the trees, or to catch up on your reading. Stop off at the Victorian fountain and restored Edwardian bandstand, where regular jazz and classical concerts are hosted free to the public.
Looking towards the Cape Town Stadium and Signal Hill, the Green Point Urban Park is a funky green lung linking Cape Town, the Waterfront and the Atlantic Seaboard. Offset your indulgence in Cape Town’s awesome food by cycling or exercising in the outdoor gym in the fitness park, but don't feel guilty if you just want to take a picnic.
The best place to eat on Long Street is right at our very own L'Apero Restaurant, of course! But failing that, here are some recommendations worth checking out:
You won't find any better than at Royale Eatery at the top of Long Street. With an extensive burger menu (including many vegetarian options) and legendary milkshakes, Royale comes highly recommended.
Visit the nearby suburb of Sea Point and stop at Posticino's on Main Road. It's an authentic Italian restaurant run by Italians, and their pizzas are often rated the best in town. Go see for yourself!
For something a little fancier, take a walk to the Mount Nelson Hotel on Orange Street and treat yourself to high tea. This age-old tradition is kept alive here at one of Cape Town landmark buildings. You can't miss it ... it's pink!
A short walk up Long Street brings you to Cape Town's nightlife. Bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs line both sides of the street, offering an array of experiences – from a chilled night of al fresco dining to hard partying on the DJ's dance floor. Long Street Café is a good spot to start your evening – they have great food and cocktails, so what more do you need? The streets can get busy, so keep an eye on your belongings and remember to take a taxi home if you've had a few drinks.